MassBioEd Joins High School Students with Endicott College for Biotech Futures Event

Oct 04, 2019

Students from three high schools will participate in a campus tour and several hands-on lab activities

October 4, 2019 (CAMBRIDGE, MA) – Today, The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd) will host 85 students from Innovation Academy Charter School, Andover High School, and Woburn High School for its Biotech Futures event at Endicott College. Biotech Futures is a college and career exploration event that exposes students to the educational opportunities and diverse fields of study in the life sciences at the college level though hands-on laboratory experiences and campus tours.

“Over the last decade, life sciences employment in Massachusetts has grown nearly 35%, and this job growth will continue,” said Sunny Schwartz, Executive Director, MassBioEd. “To ensure we have a robust talent pipeline to meet the needs of the industry, it is critical that we engage with students early on and inspire them to embark on a career in the life sciences. The Biotech Futures Program provides an avenue for students to explore life sciences at academic institutions.”

Students participating in the event will be able to tour the campus and facilities and interact with university professors. During the lab-based segment, students will perform a virtual dissection of the human knee; extract natural pigments from bacteria; and learn the basis of bioluminescence and fluorescence and their application in biology. The Endicott College faculty participating in Biotech Futures, include: Dr. Gene Wong, Dean of Arts & Sciences, Anne-Marie Scholer, Biological Sciences, Dr. Grace Kwan, Assistant Professor of Biology, Christine Harvey-Cronin, Anatomy & Physiology and Human Biology, and Dakota Hamill, CEO of Prospective Research, Inc.

“Endicott College is pleased to continue its partnership with MassBioEd and the Biotech Futures Event.  It’s a great opportunity to show high school students some of the different areas in the field of biology and biotechnology, and demonstrate how simple ideas and technology can have a significant positive impact on society.” said Gene Wong, Dean of Arts & Sciences, Endicott College.

Biotech Futures is a component of MassBioEd’s BioTeach program, which provides lab-based training in biotechnology to 150 public high school science teachers each year, along with funds to public schools for lab supplies and equipment. MassBioEd will be hosting additional Biotech Futures programs at other academic institutions in the spring, including a Biotech Futures program at Endicott College scheduled for March 6, 2020.

To learn more about MassBioEd events and see how you can get involved, please visit: https://www.massbioed.org/get_involved

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 About Endicott College

Discover Endicott, a four-year, co-educational college located in Beverly, Massachusetts, 20 miles north of Boston. The ocean front campus grants Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral degrees combining liberal and professional studies. The centerpiece of an Endicott education remains a practical approach to learning, including hands-on experience within a chosen field of study; internships are required in all majors. The undergraduate student population of 2,850 includes students from 38 states and 35 countries with 91% of students residing on campus. State-of-the-art facilities provide a dynamic, student-centered environment, fostering a strong campus community through a variety of academic offerings, NCAA Division III varsity athletics, study-abroad opportunities, and many student clubs and organizations. For more information please visit www.endicott.edu or contact us at Admission@endicott.edu or (978) 921-1000.

About the MassBioEd Foundation

The MassBioEd Foundation (MassBioEd) is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization. Its mission is to build a sustainable life sciences workforce in the region through educational programs that inspire and propel students, engage and excite teachers, and illuminate the pathway from the classroom to careers. Learn more: http://www.massbioed.org

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